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Contemporary Bunkshooters


Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many people’s eyes with their talk about Armageddon and God’s will, sitting swell in their leather chairs in their mansions on the hill, looking down over their empires.

When the Twin Towers fell in New York and the Pentagon went up in flames in Washington, D.C. there was Falwell saying that those terrorist attacks reflected God’s judgement on a nation spiritually weakened by the American Civil Liberties Union, providers of abortion, supporters of gay rights and federal court rulings on school prayer.

It is not surprising that he made those comments on Robertson’s 700 Club program.

And what did the former presidential candidate Robertson say about those same events of September 11?

“...We have insulted God at the highest level of our government. Then, we say, ‘Why does this happen?’ It is happening because God Almighty is lifting His protection from us. Once that protection is gone, we are vulnerable because we are a free society...”

Have you ever heard such bunk?

Call the bunco squad, these guys are like the card sharks and the flim flam artists and the slight of hand tricksters bilking the innocent public of their hard earned dollars.

Their brand of fundamental Christianity is no less dangerous than the religious deviation you’ll find among the zealots of Islam or Judaism or Hinduism or any religion on earth who manipulate their religious teachings for their own purposes. Sandburg published To a Contemporary Bunkshooter in 1916 in his book Chicago Poems. It could have been written today about these two yahoos, who use their bully pulpit to spew their myopic vision of God’s world.

“You come along...tearing your shirt...yelling about Jesus.
Where do you get that stuff”?

What do you know about Jesus?...

You come along squirting words at us, shaking your fist and calling us dam fools so fierce the froth slobbers over your lips...always blabbing we’re all going to hell straight off and you know all about it...

You slimy bunkshooter, you put a smut on every human blossom in reach of your rotten breath belching about hell-fire and hiccuping about this Man who lived a clean life in Galilee...

I like a man that’s got nerve and can .....
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To the Editor,

I am writing to share with each of you the perspective of a Fillmore Central graduate.

You, as taxpayers, have the opportunity and the responsibility to help provide the upcoming citizens of the community a greater cha ..... 
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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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To the Editor,

The Fillmore Central School Board is asking our taxpayers to approve a levy of $350.00 per weighted pupil unit. This amounts to approximately $378,000 the first year and this amount will decrease as our enrollment declines in f ..... 
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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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To the Editor,

I have lived my entire life in this community. I have paid taxes on a farm as well as a home in town. I have raised four children here and worked in Preston and feel a strong need to write this letter.

The State of Minn ..... 
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Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, October 29, 2001

To the Editor,

To members of the Rushford-Peterson School District concerning your vote on the levy referendum to be held on November 6.

1. The referendum is now affordable for ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Ronald Thorson

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Decorah to Levi and Esther (Rotvold) Thorson. He graduated ..... 
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